Answers to your Questions about our Virtual Gala
NPH USA National Virtual Gala
Saturday, October 17, 2020
5:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. CST / 8:00 p.m. EST
Are you ready to empower thousands of children to realize their hopes and dreams? Our NPH USA National Virtual Gala is coming up on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. Central!
You’ll enjoy virtual auctions, a fun program featuring Clara Grove, Former Regional Board Member and NPH Mexico Pequeña as Emcee, John Deinhart, President and CEO of NPH USA, Victor Amable de los Santos Jimenez, a University Pequeño from NPH Dominican Republic, Bob Costas, Sportscaster and NPH Supporter, Bill Cummings, Philanthropist and Author, and Andrew Farrell, Major League Soccer Player – all from the comfort of your home!
If you haven’t registered yet, do it now (it’s free)! You have an opportunity to win a virtual cooking experience with our Pequeños or two other great prizes!
- All you have to do is: Register by 10:00 a.m. EST on October 17, 2020, AND tune into NPH USA’s Virtual Gala where names will be drawn and announced live.
- The grand prize is a virtual cooking experience with Pequeños/Hermanas Mayores (“Older Sisters”)Clara Grove, Josefa Gaona, and Norma Gaona.
- Other prizes are: Change the World. Start with the Children: A book about the NPH homes, and a NPH-branded Yeti Rambler water bottle.
- If you hear your name, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 269-615-7291 before 11:00 p.m. EST on October 17, 2020 to claim your prize.
You will receive an automatic confirmation from our partner, Auction Harmony.
Be a VIP
Make a gift of $100 and a party package will be sent to you one week prior to the event. It will include NPH swag and a $25 gift card for food and/or drinks and has a fair market value of $50.
This virtual event isn’t our typical gala, so we’ve lined up some Frequently Asked Questions to help you have the best night ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be an in person event this fall?
No. Because of safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have cancelled the Northwest Region’s Gala Dinner & Auction, the Southwest’s Faces of Hope Dinner, the Upper Midwest’s Celebrando a los Niños Gala, the Midwest’s Viva La Familia Gala, and the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast’s Love without Limits and Oysters for Orphans. Instead, WE’RE JOINING FORCES and having a National Virtual Gala!
Who is this for?
Everyone! This family-friendly virtual party is great for all ages.
Does it cost anything?
Nope, it’s free! If you would like to sponsor the event for a gift of $100 or more, please click here.
How do I attend the event?
You’ll be able to access the virtual event from our NPH USA National Virtual Gala landing page. The auction bidding and virtual program will be hosted through our partner, Auction Harmony. To participate in the event you will need to Register and make an account by providing some contact information. When you have successfully signed up for the event you will receive an email confirming your account. To access any part of the event, navigate back to the virtual event platform.
When should I join the event?
**The auction is currently open and will close on Sunday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. CST.**
Be sure to log in on Saturday, October 17 at 6:45 p.m. CST for registration and bidding and get settled for the program to start at 7:00 p.m. CST sharp. Simply go to our NPH USA National Virtual Gala landing page and you’ll be able to join the event from there.
How do I view the program?
The program video is located on the top half of the page right next to the chat (if applicable). Simply click “play” to start watching and join the party! The video will move along with you as you explore the platform.
When I tune in, will others be able to see me?
Nope. This is a one-way viewing experience, so no one will be able to hear you either.
Will this be boring like my other virtual meetings?
No way! Our guests will bring tons of energy to your screen. Plus, you will hear inspiring stories, and the auction is packed with terrific items, so bid high and bid often! VIP guests will receive NPH USA swag, including a cape. So mask up and wear your cape to show that you are an NPH Superhero!
I am interested in gathering friends/family for a watch party. How do I do that?
If you are hosting a watch party and want to stream the event to your TV, click here. This will allow you and your guests to participate in the auction and donate using your personal handheld devices by logging on at nphusa.org/livegala.
Click here for a Watch Party Guide. Please follow the current safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and your local government.
What do my gifts go to?
Your tax-deductible gifts support the homes, health services and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1954, NPH is currently supporting more than 6,100 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. In addition, our community outreach programs provided over 107,000 services in 2019. Please give your most generous gift at the Gala.
I can’t tune in—how can I give now?
Thanks for asking! You can give online here.
Will a recording be available after the event?
YES! We will post a link to the recording on our web site and social media channels. We will also be sending via email, so make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter!
How can I multiply my impact?
You can ask your friends and family to give securely online at nphusa.org/2020gala-give. If you use Facebook, you can create a Facebook fundraiser. It’s super simple but will make a big difference in the lives of thousands of children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here to learn more and get started.
You can also check to see if your employer will match your donation by clicking here.
May I donate something for the silent auction?
YES! We are looking for fun and unique items to include in our silent auction packages and love to see YOUR favorite businesses represented! Click here to learn more.
I logged in to Auction Harmony and I can see the video, but when I click the buttons in the top menu it seems like nothing happens?
Just scroll down the page. On some screens, especially smaller ones like iPads, you might not see the buttons below the video for Auction, Make a Donation, Checkout, and Learn More. Scroll down on the page and you should see them.
How do I make a bid?
Navigate to the “auction” button where you are able to view all biddable lots. Find something you like? Select the lot to review the description and pricing information. If you would like to place a bid, on the lot scroll down and select your bid price from the listed options and click “place bid.” Confirm your bid via the popup and you’re all set! If you’re outbid on the lot you will be notified via email and text which will allow you to bid again if you’d like. Happy Bidding!
How do I make a donation during the event?
Click the “Make a Donation” button to view a grand total of donations and make your gift. Simply select the amount that you would like to donate and answer the questions on the next screen. Click “make donation” to finalize your contribution.
How do I complete my auction purchase and/or donation?
You’ll be prompted to enter your credit card information when you bid on an auction item or make a donation. But you’ll need to finalize your purchase(s) by clicking the “checkout” button after the auction closes, or whenever you’re done if you’re not bidding on anything. There, you’ll see your total, including all auction items you won and your donation. Once you complete your purchase, you’ll be emailed a receipt. If you pay by credit card, your card will be charged on Monday, October 19, 2020. The charge will be made by Auction Harmony.
What if I want to pay for my donation and auction items with something other than a credit card?
No problem! You’ll still have to enter a credit card to bid or donate, but when you get to Checkout, just select “I want to pay a different way.” Then specify your payment request and we’ll contact you to process the payment. You can pay by check, stock, or a gift vehicle like a donor-advised fund. You can also split your payment and pay for just your auction items with your credit card and your donation another way. Just add it in the notes section.
How will I receive my auction items?
Please pay close attention to each auction item description, which will note how you will receive your item(s) as the winning bidder. Any restrictions will be noted in the description and, if applicable, your item(s) will be shipped within two weeks following the Gala.
Are any items restricted to certain locations?
Some auction items will begin with state abbreviations. This means that the items are only able to be shipped, picked up, or used within the certain states.
What’s the hashtag?
So great that you asked! It is #NPHUSAGala. If you are an event sponsor and receive a party pack, please share your cape photos. Even if you don’t sponsor, you can make your own cape and share photos. You can even get your kids and pets in on the act! And be sure to check out our Facebook event page!
If you have a question that wasn’t answered, please email us and we will respond!
Thank you to our sponsors
The Duffey Family Foundation
Helene A. Houle
The John and Lisa Iberle Family
Mongini, Brunda and Settanni Families
Eileen and Dr. Jerry Perra